Canada-France prepping for a balloon launch

Longueuil, Quebec, September 7, 2012 – From September 10 to 13, 2012, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the French space agency (Centre national d'études spatiales, or CNES) will be at Timmins' future stratospheric balloon launch site to perform a dry run of the last steps involved in a balloon flight. They will validate the different procedures linked to the recovery of a stratospheric balloon once it lands. The first test launch is scheduled for 2013.

Media are invited to witness the first steps of preparation:

Time of the event may change without advance notice. If there are issues pertaining to weather, the dry run would be rescheduled at a later date. Please call the Media Relations Office for the most up to date information at (450) 926-4370.

September 10, 2012
Time What Who Where

1:00 p.m.

  • Media technical briefings on stratospheric balloon recovery

  • Preparation and inflation of the balloon

  • Daniel Lévesque, Manager Balloons Initiative, CSA

  • Vincent Dubourg, Chief – Balloon project, CNES

  • Tom Laughren, Mayor, City of Timmins

Timmins Victor M. Power Airport
R.R. #2
Timmins, Ontario P4N 7C3

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For more information:

Canadian Space Agency
Media Relations Office
Telephone: 450-926-4370
E-mail:
Website: www.asc-csa.gc.ca